Deputy Sheriff Rube T. Mattox

Deputy Sheriff Rube T. Mattox

Wood County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 2, 1900

Rube T. Mattox

Deputy Sheriff Rube T. Mattox, along with a small posse, went to arrest Shelby Fowler. They located him four miles south of Winnsboro. Fowler was charged with assaulting and cutting Winnsboro merchant R. G. Andrews earlier that day. When Deputy Sheriff Mattox attempted to arrest Fowler, Mattox was shot and killed by Frank Fowler, the father of Shelby Fowler. The posse scattered, and Deputy Mattox's body was not discovered until the next day.

Frank Fowler was indicted by the grand jury, and tried for murder by a Wood County jury. On December 1, 1900, the jury gave the following ruling - "We the jury find the defendant not guilty."

Mattox was survived by his wife and six children. He was buried in the Winnsboro City Cemetery, Winnsboro, Texas.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender acquitted

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Rest in Peace Deputy Rube T. Mattox. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Wood County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your ancestors and the men and women who now serve the Wood County Sheriff's Department. I also Pray that even though your murderer escaped justice on this earth that the hounds of hell are forever gnawing on his bones.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 2, 2016

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